Bt Amit Acco, Partner | Update 9 April, 2021 12:34

The Israeli government has decided to reopen Ben Gurion International Airport on Sunday, March 7.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak easing, Health officials have warned that international travel could introduce dangerous new virus variants. Israel’s public health chief announced on Monday, March 16 that “The issue that scares us the most is the entry of variants…We’re afraid that additional strains that are unaffected by the vaccine will enter”. As a result, an entry permit is required from any foreign national intending to travel to Israel.

Entry to Israel 

On April 4 the State of Israel issued a revised regulation regarding the entry of foreign nationals to Israel, including and the new process required to allow their entry.

The regulation refers to many sectors of travelers. The following reference is relevant to the business sector – KTA clientele:

  • Any person arriving will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken at least 72 hours prior to departure.  A second test will also be required upon arrival.
  • All incoming passengers must comply with COVID-19 testing requirements including those who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus.

The Entry of Foreign Nationals:  

  • Foreign experts’ entry for work: Following the recommendation of the relevant Ministry (Transportation, Energy, Health, Economy etc.) and the issuance of the work permit, there is still a need to obtain an entry permit for the foreign expert from the Ministry of Interior (local office or work permit unit: depending on the type of visa). No entry will be allowed without an entry permit.
  • Re-entry to Israel: Regardless of the need to have a multiple entry visa, all foreign experts need to obtain an entry permit prior to each entry to Israel, even if they hold a multiple entry visa. The application can be submitted prior to departure from Israel at the Ministry of Interior.
  • Business trips to Israel: Applications must submit directly to the Israeli consulate at the foreign expert’s place of residence. Due to the rapid changes in the regulations, processes followed by the offices of the Ministry of Interior and consulates abroad may vary.

We recommend contacting your KTA Client Manager to determine the optimal legal service that is needed for each scenario.

Isolation Requirements:

  • Post-vaccination in Israel: A COVID –19 test is required upon entering Israel, however, if the test is negative, isolation will not be required.
  • Pre-vaccination: A COVID –19 test upon entering Israel is required, as well as home isolation. Plans are being put in place to require a deposit be made on a “tracking kit” (such as an electronic bracelet or SMS digital phone tracking software), to ensure that people isolate themselves at home. If no consent is given to the tracking kit, the person will be required to be isolated in a state-run isolation facility.
  • Vaccinated abroad: A COVID –19 test upon entering Israel is required, as well as home isolation. Upon receipt of a “Negative” COVID – 19 check at the airport, the individual can perform a serological test. Upon receiving confirmation of immunity, the individual can apply for a waiver from isolation from the Ministry of Health.

About home-isolation: 

Required for 14 days from arrival. The isolation period may be reduced to 10 days by showing negative results on two COVID-19 tests. The first test should be taken as soon as possible after arrival, and the second test on the 9th day.

Departure from Israel 

  • Israeli nationals: No restrictions on departures for Israelis who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. Those who are not vaccinated will still be required to apply for permission to leave the country.
  • Foreign nationals: No restrictions on departures.

Recognition of Recovery from COVID-19 or vaccines on Internation travels:

Passengers who recovered from COVID-19 or vaccinated outside of Israel: must initially enter isolation but may be released after a test showing they have antibodies (serological test), in addition to the two virus tests.” For additional details from the Ministry of Health: please click here. For additional information regarding an operating private clinic: please click here.

Passengers who recovered from COVID-19 or vaccinated in Israel: depending on regulation at the destination country. A number of countries are expected to open their doors to vaccinated Israelis in the coming months and allow quarantine-free travel. Among those countries:  Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Russia, Italy, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Thailand, and some other EU states. It is not clear yet when these recognitions will take place.


 

Important Disclaimer:

The information contained in this post is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in this site without seeking legal or other professional advice.

The information is gathered from various public media sources at the courtesy of KTA to its own clients and website visitors. Due to the rapid, sometimes daily changes in policy, we urge any traveler to get updated at the official government websites prior to planning or taking any international travel to or from Israel.